SOUTH INDIA - SOUTHERN HIGHLIGHTS
SOUTH INDIA – SOUTHERN HIGHLIGHTS
Kochi, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli
11 Days

An ideal introduction to the south, offering a wide variety of sights and sounds.

THE SOUTHERN STATES DIFFER VASTLY TO THE NORTH. HERE YOU’LL FIND THE SCENIC BACKWATERS OF KERALA AND GORGEOUS COLONIAL COASTAL TOWNS SUCH AS COCHIN AND PONDICHERRY.

There are historic temples to explore, fabulous palaces to wander and much more.

The landscape is incredibly diverse, with golden beaches, thick forests, hill stations and wildlife reserves – such as Periyar National Park, home to 35 species of mammal and countless birds.

The food is also entirely different. No naan or parathas here! Instead you can indulge in a wide variety of traditional dishes, many of which are coconut-based.

Tour Highlights
  • HISTORIC KOCHI
  • PRIVATE FARMSTAY IN THE BACKWATERS
  • MADURAI AND MAHABALIPURAM
  • COLONIAL PONDICHERRY
  • CHENNAI
Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Kochi, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli

  • When
    :

    Jan to Apr and November, December

  • What
    :

    Nature, Cruise

Itinerary

Welcome at Kochi Airport and transfer
to your hotel. Guided walk of the old centre
seeing the major highlights and the famous
Chinese fishing nets. (B)

Free time to explore this historic city.
This evening, watch a Kathakali performance,
one of the most complex and highly stylized
combination of drama, dance, music and
ritual. You will arrive early for the unique
opportunity to see the performers preparing
in their elaborate, colourful costumes and
painting their faces to create their special
personas. (B)

Drive south to Alleppey and cruise the
backwaters to Philipkutty’s Farm where you
stay as guests of the family. Afternoon tour of
the estate. (BLD)

Drive to Periyar. Afternoon visit to a
Spice Plantation to learn about the mystery
and history of Indian spices. (B)

Morning nature walk in Periyar National Park. Afternoon drive to Madurai.
Evening at leisure to explore. (B)

Enjoy a guided tour of this amazing
city, including the celebrated Meenakshi Temple, with its massive and highly
decorated gopuram. If you wish, you
are invited to stay for the evening prayer
ceremony to see the rituals being performed
by priests. (B)

Drive to Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) for a
visit and continue to Tanjore. Afternoon visit to
Brihadeshwara Temple, the crowning glory of
Chola Temple architecture. (B)

Drive to Pondicherry, a gorgeous
colonial French town. Evening at leisure to
explore the old town centre. (B)

Visit the international community at
Auroville, a unique experiment in human unity
founded in 1968. Return to Pondicherry for
the night. (B)

A short drive to Chennai (Madras),
visiting the wonderful temple town of
Mahabalipuram enroute, famous for its rocks
carvings and monolithic sculptures. (B)

Enjoy a morning tour of Chennai
including the 17th century Fort St. George
and St. Mary’s Church. Later you are
transferred to the airport for your onward
flight. (B)

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices
    PRICES FROM 2 PAX 3-4 PAX
    OCT – APR $3,029 $2,627
    MAY – SEP $2,529 $2,127
Information

    Dec-Feb » it’s peak season
    Nov and Feb-Apr » good for Kerala
    May-Oct » monsoon so best avoided

    MASALA DOSA: delicious for breakfast
    Fish curries everywhere

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